June 4th, 2009
03:38 PM ET
5 years ago

First family to gather in Paris

The Obamas will spend the weekend together as a family in Paris before the president returns to Washington.
The Obamas will spend the weekend together as a family in Paris before the president returns to Washington.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama will be joined by the first lady and the couple's two daughters in Paris Friday as he winds down his latest overseas trip.

While the president will return to Washington Sunday, 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha will stay in France with their mother for a few days next week, CNN has confirmed.

The first lady will have a public event in Normandy, France on Saturday.

The rest of the first family's itinerary while sightseeing in France will be private, according to the first lady's office.


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soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. Jon

    Does the President actually spend anytime in the US? Although, frankly, I don't really care where he is and the further away from the country the better off we will be.

    June 4, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Realist

    Wow MOI, you do not pay attention much to the civil unrest and work riots in France do you?

    June 4, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Shan

    To those complaining about FLOTUS and the girls travel to France: are you aware that the Obamas are millionaires in their own right. If they wanted, they could take this trip even if they weren't the first family, so...

    June 4, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Missouri

    Not to complain BUT while most of us here in America are trying our best to conserve on every level–shouldn't the Obamas do there share?? Like flying over together instead of he flies over and all over and then we have the extra expense of Mrs. Obama and the girls coming later. Sounds wasteful to me!! But what do I know–never been to Paris and don't see it happening in this life time!!

    June 4, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Fanisha

    "HATERS"– Don't you realize that the more you complain or talk negative about our President Obama and his family, the more he continues to be elevated. I see him in office for 8 years. If Bush can be elected for 2 terms, then I know President Obama definitely will. Therefore, "HATERS" continue doing your job as we watch President Obama rise higher and higher. Thank You "HATERS" because if you can't stand him now, then you will need a straight jacket in order to deal with what great things are in store for President Obama, 1st Lady Obama, and their beautiful daughters.

    June 4, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Randolph Carter

    Gret wrote: And for those of you hating on Sarah Palin for commenting on Obama's economics, why don't we just use Alaska's thriving economy to speak for her economic creditials

    Gret, honey, it's easy to have a good economy when you have a low population and piles of oil, duh! Some credentials. Have a nice day!

    June 4, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. joe

    May God bless Obama family....

    June 4, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Marc in Virginia

    The Obamas are ridiculous. Wonder if Air France has any flights back to Washington.

    June 4, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Simmy

    So sweet.....Stay safe and have fun........IJN.......

    June 4, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Cindy PA

    Well school is almost out and it's nice they can get a family vacation.
    I am very proud that Obama is our President. He is a Celebrity. :)

    June 4, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Simmy

    To Marc in Virginia, and Other Negative People,

    Marc.......Your statement is horrific....Be careful what you wish......You have loved ones too......Don't wish on someone else what you don't want to happen to you.....I salute you and the beforementioned with a high five minus four.......

    June 4, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. Ken

    Bon Voyage!! Amusez-vous bien!!!!!

    June 4, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  13. normajean

    Bon sois Obamas....have some fun while you are there. The bloody mess will still be here when you get back. The complainers will still be complaining, the liers will still be lying,and the rest of us will still be strongly behind you.

    June 4, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. Amateur Hour

    Keep all of them over in France they share the same beliefs.......

    June 4, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. Michael, New York City

    May God bless you and your family Mr. President

    June 4, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. catmom

    Can someone explain why all of a sudden the President of the United States has to curb travel for himself and his family? Why don't you all think that this President should be afforded the same vacations and travel that all Presidents before him? Since when have so many people kept up with the cost of a Presidents travel and security and what "their tax dollars" are going for? Face it people, whether you like it or not, President Obama IS President of the United States. He and his family WILL enjoy the same benefits as all other Presidents and their families have enjoyed. OUR TAX DOLLARS WILL pay for all of the travel and security that has normally been paid for all other Presidents and their families. You all can whine, b!tch and moan all you want, it just makes you look pretty, uninformed and jealous.

    And on a side note, probably the same people who are complaining about the cost of vacations and travel are the same people complaining when they found out that President Obama is a millionaire in his own right. He and his wife earned their money by doing what other Americans do every day, work. And don't forget, like all other Presidents before him, he has a salary (from your tax dollars) that he can spend any way he wants. So, get over your jealousy and hatred. Why should he cut back on what he does and where he goes, Did George Bush?

    June 4, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Joe

    Wow. You can really tell we're getting close to full moon. All the right wing crazies are out and foaming at the mouth. Their spelling and punctuation gets worse this time of month, too.

    June 4, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. Ted

    I love the Republican automatons who come to this site and predictably spew the same trite drivel they get from the RNC and intellectually bankrupt fools like Limbaugh and Hannity.

    Here's a novel idea for you rightwingers: have a thought of your own! Use actual critical thinking skills to analyze an issue rather than parroting the tired lines of others.

    Here's a clue to help you with the novel idea: critical thinking requires considering the deficiencies in one's own positions and not just the views of one's opponent. If you actually took the time to do the latter most of you would be forced into silence!

    June 4, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. JWB94596

    It must be hard for some of you to have a president and first lady who actually is respected .

    And to S Callahan the necklace you so much detest is called the King Abdul Aziz Order of Merit and I wonder whether you protested the same way in January 08 when GWB received the same as well?

    June 4, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. George Torres

    I know it hurts some people deep down in their (racist) gut, to see a bi-racial President, educated in the best universities of America, and his African-American wife, equally bright and well-educated, and their adorable children, but that too bad, deal with it.

    Find a candidate that is as intelligent and well rounded, to run against him the next time around. And in the meantime, stop blaming him the the ignorance, stupidity, arrogance and lack of foresight, of the last eight years, for a government, that gave us Katrina, a war we didn't need to fight, a SEC which let Wall Street make themselves rich, while ruining the economy, increasing the deficit ten times, what it was when Bill Clinton, left office. Deal with it, because this man, will be President until 2016. PERIOD!

    June 4, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. Amateur Hour

    Is TOTUS (Teleprompter of The United States) part of the first family as well?????I cant wait to see the pictures of TOTUS next to the Eiffel Tower.

    June 4, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. JM

    And to claim the great Messiah is any different with mixing vacations with 'official business' (i.e. a 30 min speech) so the taxpayers pick it up, is a joke.

    Realist, are you that much of an idiot and a moron that you don't realize that George too mixed vacations with official business. His daughters went with him and/or Laura quite often. Just like Chelsea did with Clinton's, Amy with Carter's and so on. Get over it.

    June 4, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. JM

    Seriously I have never seen so many freakin sore losers in my life. You Republicans are pathetic.

    June 4, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. JM

    So Kitty @ 4:41 pm ... I take it it was okay with you when President Bush was spending all of your money??

    June 4, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. Julia Smith

    What are the tiny minority of right wing nuts so afraid of?

    You claim to be soooo religious, but you fear everything not like you!

    I thought that "God did not give us a spirit of fear"...?

    Why can't you stop "pointing out the speck in the eyes of others, and address the boulder in your own?

    God speed President Obama and family enjoy your well deserved vacation.
    "God will make your enemies your footstool..."

    June 4, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
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